Solidarity

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Social Compact for Europe / European Day of Action and Solidarity / European Action Conference / Save the Greeks from their Saviors! / Greece Solidarity / Manifesto of the Appalled Economists /

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Social Compact for Europe

Since 2008, the austerity measures have deepened the crisis. The ETUC is deeply concerned at the dramatic rise in unemployment in Europe, and the increasing inequality and poverty which undermines the European Social Model. Meeting at the Executive Committee, on 5-6 June, Europe’s trade union leaders adopted the Social Compact for Europe and called on

European Day of Action and Solidarity

The Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called for a Day of Action and Solidarity, across Europe on 14 November in order to mobilise the European trade union movement behind the ETUC policies set out in the ‘Social compact for Europe’.

European Action Conference

'2011 was an action-packed year. Inspired by the rise-ups in North Africa, hundreds of thousands of people around the world demonstrated against the global Capitalist crisis. In Greece one general strike took place after another; in Israel massive demonstrations against the rising cost of living filled the streets; in Spain tens of thousands of people camped in the central plazas; in the USA, Occupy Wall Street bolstered a worldwide movement; finally enthusiasm for taking to the streets reached Putin’s Russia as well as Nigeria. Germany, on the other hand, has remained relatively quiet. It’s high time to end this complacence and to send a signal of solidarity with this worldwide resistance, a signal against the Troika and their masters in Frankfurt and Berlin. For this reason, 250 activists, from various networks throughout Germany, met in Frankfurt on January 22. These activists arranged a European Action Conference, to take place in an eventful spring of 2012.'

Save the Greeks from their Saviors!

Alain Badiou assails the attack on Greek society that comes in the guise of 'rescue packages' and argues that the future of European democracy rests on saving Greece from the neo-liberal, anti-democratic experiment imposed by EU institutions. He calls for an urgent multiplication of efforts and initiatives by intellectuals and artists on behalf of Greece.

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a group of French intellecturals publish an appeal urging other French and European intellectuals and citizens to publicly support the Greek people because EU policy response in Greece has serious consequences for the future of European democracy and society

Greece Solidarity

Call for solidarity with the people of Greece endorsed by the Coalition of Resistance and the People's Charter. The call, a response to the Common Appeal drafted by Mikis Theodorakis and Manolis Glezos, criticises the EU policy response to the crisis in Greece, arguing that austerity measures protect the rich at the expense of the poor.

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a European coalition of trade unions, campaigns and parties organised by the Coalition of Resistance and the People's Charter organise solidarity and raise practical support, including meetings criticizing the policies of the EU and the IMF which impose poverty and mass unemployment on the people of Greece arguing that the Greeks are being punished for conditions for which they are not responsible.

Manifesto of the Appalled Economists

The Manifesto of the Apalled Economists, launched initially by a group of French economists, sets out to contest the economic terms in which policy resonses to the crisis is being justified. By stating and debunking 10 premises and providing several proposals for each, the group hopes to move the debate beyond its current orthodoxy.

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a group of professional and academic economists publish a manifesto criticising EU policy response in response to the crisis for European citizens arguing that the terms used to justify policy response are irresonsible not only in political and social terms, but do not even hold in economic terms, which is how they are presented.